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Friday 14 December 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Whenever I see a prequel, many thoughts pop into my head... really.  Only a few, though, can be expressed without this blog getting an unfriendly rating.

I once heard a comedian say something to the effect of, "imagine if the telephone was invented after email. People would say, wow, there's this new device were you can actually talk to someone!"

What does this have to do with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, movie trailer?  Well, nothing.

What if the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey film was made before the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, you know, because The Hobbit was published in 1937 and The Lord of the Rings in 1954?  Would people who hadn't read the books be able to make better sense of the LOTR trilogy? Does it really matter?  Does it really matter that The Hobbit will also be a trilogy? Does it matter that the Star Wars franchise did the same thing?

So, will the box set be available with six special edition discs? What will make it special is that they will be packaged in the order in which J.R.R. Tolkien wrote them and they will be placed in a commemorative box where the discs will only fit in the proper order because each disc will have special packaging. Rest assured that the commemorative box will be made of a much stronger paper than regular post-it note paper. If you had already purchased the LOTR trilogy, you will be disappointed to know that in order to get the commemorative box, you need to purchase the entire 6 disc box set and even if you managed to get the box, your discs wouldn't fit because of the new special packaging.  But if you act now you'll get a seventh limited edition making of, director's cut, deleted scenes and craft services shenanigans and it will come in an even more special commemorative box with a special place for disc 7.  Please note that you'll have to pre-order now and it will be available in early 2014.

What does this have to do with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie trailer?  Well, nothing.

I really like Martin Freeman. He's hilarious.

The first part of the trailer made me think that the movie adaptation of The Hobbit should have been called Bilbo and the seven dwarfs, or Bilbo and the Huntsman.

The song they sang made me think of Spinal Tap singing the intro to their hit song, Stonehenge.

What sucks is that, even if you don't know the story, you know what the outcome of the trilogy will be because you've seen the LOTR trilogy.  Clearly Bilbo and Gandolf make it.... sorry for the spoiler. It's kind of like mathematics: you can't just give the answer you have to show the formula of how you found the answer.  The Hobbit trilogy is the formula, I guess.

I loved the LOTR trilogy.  I enjoyed reading the Hobbit and, despite my rant, the trailer kind of takes you back into Jackson's interpretation of Tolkien's creation. I hate to say it but it looks great and will likely be entertaining as hell, or in this case Mordor...

Yeah, I'm a sucker for this stuff in movie form, but not for the merchandise.  I am tempted, however, to pre-order the box set.

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